Here's another look at my Banana Republic Fit and Flair dress. I love this dress because of it's soft stretchy material and flattering silhouette. (See the other way I styled it here.)
I forgot to include my alterations diagram with the last outfit, so check it out below. Also. I've provided a few different styling options for different body shapes.
What do you think of Fit and Flair dresses?
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These are the fit issues before I fixed them with alterations:
This is what it looked like after alterations:
(I feel like a bad infomercial for comparing these two pictures...lol. Gee...which do you prefer? One of me barefoot, tagged and under florescent light, or the second one? :))
- Strap length: easy alteration ($15)
- Skirt width: advanced alteration: she took out a pleat on each side. I already have wide hips, so I didn't need a pleat right there adding emphasis. I would only trust this job to a skilled tailor and one that you can communicate easily with. ($35)
If you carry weight in your hips,
like I do..make the alterations and go forward. Taking out some of the volume will make the dress flatter your hips, and not add bulk. Going forward, look out for dresses with pleats starting at the waist... especially if they are tiny pleats. If you don't want to have to take out a pleat or get them sewn down, look for ones that don't have pleats on the side -or- the pleats are sewn down to start near the top of your hip
If you carry weight in your torso,
don't remove width from the skirt. Chances are that adding volume to your bottom half will emphasize your waist and balance out your top half. Check out Selma Hayek below to see what i mean...she definitely carries her weight up top. :)Source
Here are a few other pretty Fit and Flair dress options. The all include some stretch, which makes them extra comfy!
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